I wasn't sure which forum was best for this post, but seeing that it is related to survival, hopefully this is the correct place.
Part of my motives for writing this is to see if anyone else has a habit of being sneaky, stealthy, or perhaps intentionally maintaining a low profile
at certain times. Or using your surroundings to observe and watch what is going on around you. Perhaps if I explain my own ways of doing that, and
some other background, it will make more sense. Hopefully I won't sound like a weirdo.
The earliest that I can recall not being loud or noticeable was when I was living at home with my parents. My sisters occasionally received comments
from mom or dad because of the way they'd walk around the upstairs as though they had lead feet. I, on the other hand, was very light footed. At some
point I think it sunk in and I began to like the idea that I could move around inside while not being too noticeable.
Eventually, once I was able to purchase my own PC during college in the late 90s, I found that games of stealth were particularly appealing to me.
Some of you may be familiar with the Thief series, in which you play a professional thief in a medieval fantasy setting, and rely heavily on shadows,
moving around silently, and avoiding attention. There were other games as well, and as the years went by I think some of that entertainment attached
itself to the part of me that enjoyed sneaking around.
Once I moved out on my own, in an apartment, I didn't have many occasions to be stealthy. My unit was on the ground floor, and my neighbors pretty
much kept to themselves. However, sometimes while I was at work later than usual in the evenings and into the night, or on a weekend, I did have some
instances when I actually put that sneaky nature to work.
There were times when I'd be there and the cleaning crew showed up. Well, I didn't want to let them keep me from grabbing something from the vending
machines or using the restroom. So I'd venture out of my office and try to avoid being noticed. There were other times when I'd be there when
another employee was coming in or leaving when I was out of my office for some reason. I'd dash into an office and hide in a place of concealment
while waiting for them to pass.
This is a slightly different direction on this topic, but there is also the concept of awareness and patience. What is going on in my surroundings?
I've found that simple observation can be extremely useful. Using ones ears and eyes while being silent and stationary can be handy. Try it sometime.
Go to a busy place and just observe without being rushed. Perhaps sitting at restaurant table, use the environment to your advantage. Is there a
mirror in front of you in which you can watch someone behind you? That sort of thing. Patience, attention to detail, and observation.
Actually, having written that out, it does seem a little bit goofy. But as I read about all of these potential scenarios that come to pass in our
country (USA), I can't help feeling that being able to avoid detection could turn out to be a good thing.
Do any of you do this sort of thing as well? Or am I just a crazy dork who needs to take some pill for a disorder that doesn't exist yet?
[edit on 30-6-2010 by John_Q_Llama]